Family: Rosaceae
Common Name: Pearl Bush

This genus consists of four hardy, deciduous shrubs from central Asia and China, which are transformed in spring or summer by the deli­cate white flowers clustered at the ends of the branches. Both their broad, shrubby form and abundant flowering make them very desirable garden plants.


E. giraldi, with an arching habit, grows to 3 m (10 ft), and has pink-flushed young foliage and rounded, white flowers, 2.5 cm (1 in) across.

E. macrantha 'The Bride', is an arching yet compact shrub to 2 m (6 ft) and bears white blossoms at the end of spring through to early summer. It is the most popular exochorda grown. Although this hybrid was raised over 50 years ago, it remains a most beautiful form.

E. racemosa, zone 4, is another popular species. When properly grown and cared for, it makes a beautiful display, with its arching sprays of rounded, white flowers, 2-3 cm (about 1 in) across. It is often spreading in habit and may grow 3-4 m (10-13 ft) high. Prune lightly after flowering.


Related to Spiraea, these shrubs prefer a well-drained soil, a sunny position and a cool temperate climate. Propagate from soft-wood cuttings in early summer under glass.


Most are suited to zone 5.